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Romantic Skeleton Folk Art

...'til death do us part

Couples use Día de Los Muertos imagery because they like what it means. Amor Eterno ~ Eternal Love and Til Death Do Us Part are sayings with special meaning. It's a great way to celebrate life as a couple. Day of the Dead reminds us that life is short, the cycle of life marches on, our loving relationships will last a lifetime and the spirits of the dead are always with us. Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, marriage proposals, Valentine's Day, loving gifts of all kinds - and, of course, ofrendas.

Golden bride and groom retablo with doors surrounded by doves holding ribbon in their beaks

Paloma Novio Retablo

Gorgeously detailed painted retablo box with movable doors. Bridal couple inside with happy doves holding Colonial style ribbon over their heads, "Juntos hasta la muerte" (Til death do us part).

This is Angela's favorite wedding present to give. Makes a nice anniversary gift too. Painted gorgeously on both sides, inside and out! This is sure to be a cherished memento.

7 1/2" tall, 4" wide with doors closed, 2" deep. Peru

A1216 $85 each

NEW Romantic Papel Picado Banners

Celebrate love with a colorful Mexican tradition dating back to the 17th century. These hand-cut tissue paper banners can flutter overhead in the garden for your first amorous embrace - gardenia scented. - or be silhouetted by a midnight full moon while sharing a way too expensive bottle of red wine on a balcony with a serenade playing below.... or just hand them up for an anniversary, rehearsal dinner, wedding or Valentine's Day!

A large string has 10 "pages" and extends to approximately 20 feet.

Designs: Amor Eterno (eternal love), doves, hearts
Colors: Rosa Mexicana, yellow, bougainvillea, marigold & red

Large Romantic Papel Picado Banner - in-stock
B4042 $18 / strand

NEW XL Bendable Novios

Are you having a really big wedding cake? These hand made jumbo sized novios might just be what you need so that your uncle Charlie in the back of the reception hall can see them. These dramatic novios are put together with wire so you can move their arms, legs, heads & bodies…. Are you thinking of a little animation in your video? These would be lots of fun to use in your wedding photography.

The black wood base is 2" x 6" and these are made with love in great detail by the nicest artist in Puebla, Mexico. 10.5' high x 6" wide x 2" deep.

Makes a great anniversary & Valentines day "amor eterno" present too!

A5172 $65 each

Beautiful, happy, bendable jumbo-sized skeleton novios on a black platform

bicycle built for 2 skeleton novios

Bicycle Built for 2 Skeleton Novios

This happy couple is leaving for their honeymoon. Our wonderfully talented, young folk artist in Puebla made these tin bicycles by hand. We can't keep them in stock! The bicycle is made from soldered metal and the skeletons are clay. The bride is dressed in a lacy dress & veil as she holds on for dear life! 71/4" wide x 7.5" high x 2 deep. Mexico

A2192 $75 each

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NEW Bicycle Built for 2 Lesbian Skeleton Novias *

71/4" wide x 7.5" high x 2 deep. Mexico
A5101 $75 each

NEW Bicycle Built for 2 Gay Skeleton Novios *

71/4" wide x 7.5" high x 2 deep. Mexico
A5100 $75 each

This keepsake should be dusted off every anniversary to make you laugh and remember your wedding day!
Open mouth skeleton gay novios cake topper on green base Skeleton Novios with Bouquet Cake Topper Open mouth skeleton lesbian novias cake topper on green base

Open Mouth Gay Novios Cake Topper

4" tall

A5263 32 / pair

Open Mouth Skeleton Novios with Bouquet Cake Topper

Bride has glitter gown, flower bouquet and a fancy veil. Bride's veil & bouquet may vary. 4" tall.

A2035 $32 / pair

Open Mouth Lesbian Novias Cake Topper

4" tall

A5271 $32 / pair


NEW Enramada

Spirit of the Garden Retablo

This impressive skeleton wood nicho is an excellent piece of folk art to stand on a shelf or hang on the wall. It's reminiscent of looking down on a fertile, verdant garden to witness a spirit about to spring to earth with a joyous entourage of colorful roses.

The artist captures the energy, movement & life of the spirit with his mastery of sculpting potato paste & detailed painting. The fanciful wood box is painted in vintage retablo style. 9" high x 4" wide x 2" deep. Peru.

A2029 $95 each

The Perfect Skeleton Cake Topper Bride & Groom


skeleton wedding couple cake topper with glitter couture gown

NEW The Perfect Cake Topper Bride & Groom

Cake topper, decoration & keepsake
Beautiful Novio cake topper!
4” tall x 2 3/4 “ wide. Peru.
A2247 $42 each

Joyous Couple with Glitter Couture

Exquisitely detailed and handmade by artist in Puebla, Mexico. Bride has shimmering glitter couture gown that accentuates her hips, net veil, bouquet, gold necklace & bracelet and gold wire & bead earrings that jiggle. Definitely gold Ferragamo slippers. The gent sports an elegant black tux, top hat, bow tie & boutonnière. The bulge in his pocket is probably the ring box!
Wire heads are slightly bendable. Arms are fixed. 5" tall on separate stands. Mexico
A2167 $49 / pair
Open-mouthed novios in a glass box

Mini skeleton novio cupcake topper

Open-mouth Novios in a glass box

This hand made box houses the F2035 cake topper (below left) in an un-openable, hand-decorated glass box. Makes a very nice gift or addition to any Day of the Dead collection.
6" tall x 4" wide x 2 1/2" deep. Mexico
A1308 $52 each (out temporarily)

Mini Novio Cupcake Topper

Precious mini novios dressed in top hat and veil with satin rose bouquet. Metallic green paint detailing the bridal gown. Great keepsake for showers, adorn cupcakes or use in finely detailed Day of the Dead artwork. Mexico. 1 1/2" tall.

A4022 $6 each
A4022DZ $60 / dozen (12)

Elegant Novio Couples

Very unique, collectible keepsake, made by a famous artist in Michoacan. Finely detailed papier mache novios dramatically decorate a Day of the Dead wedding. Place on top of or on the table in front of the wedding cake. Great anniversary present too. Excellent craftsmanship! Mexico

8" tall cake topper N2000 $140 pair

12.5" tall cake topper N2001 $165 pair

16" tall cake topper N2002 $250 pair

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From the famous Jimenez workshop in Peru

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Bride Skeleton Dog

3 1/2" x 2 1/2", assorted formal attire.
$24 each

Groom Skeleton Dog

3 1/2" x 2 1/2", assorted formal attire.
A1281 $24 each

Brazilian bride and groom novios caketopper Serenade Boat Couple

Brazilian Novios

On clay base. For the hot, stylin' weddings. These novios sizzle with red hats, tight pants, hips, glitter and South American rhythm. Are you going to samba at your wedding? Cute figurine can be used as a cake topper, gift or shower gift. 4" tall
F2011 $12 each

Serenade Boat Couple

M6000 $24

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6 Skeleton novios - wedding couple - in decorated matchbox 3 clay skeleton wedding tiles

Skeleton Novios Couple Matchbox

Hand painted matchboxes slide open to reveal a happy little wedding couple inside. When you want to give a little treasure of a gift, these beautiful boxes are a lovely keepsake. You can print a small sticker with the names of the bride & groom and attach it to the back of the box. 2" wide x 1.5" tall x 5" deep. Peru

A2170 $6 each
A2170-50 $250 / 50 matchboxes

Wedding Tiles

Does your martini or beer glass need a coaster? This is a great piece of Mexican folk art for any Day of the Dead collector, on nicely finished wood bases! Wedding guests can take these home. Sticker the back with the names of the bride & groom and wedding date. 4" x 4" clay tile, incised design with hand painted glaze - assorted bright colored backgrounds. Mexico

A2171 $5 each
A2171-12 $50 / dozen

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Marital Bliss Wedding Toy

Marital bliss is short-lived with these carved & painted wooden figures from Peru. The arms swing as you move the base back & forth! 5.5" high x 10" long. Unique, fun wedding favor. Assorted colors.

A1046 $12 each

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dancing skeleton groom tile

Dancing Wedding Couple Tiles

Beautiful Italian ceramic tiles hand painted by Amanda Cain are fired to 1800 degrees. Vibrant, lustrous colors! Great for wall plaques, trivets or cement into your wall. Border colors as shown.
Bride & Groom - 4" x 8"
F2060 $66 /set

Nice wedding. Valentine or anniversary present!

dancing skeleton bride tile

Heart Relicarios

In Latin America, a relicario is a small, finely detailed devotional pendant used by the Catholic Church to hold cherished relics and mementos of the saints. In the more common definition, a relicario is a special, beautiful container to hold something precious.

In a Catholic church, relicarios are seen on the side altars, pinned to a garment or held by an elegant statue of a saint. A piece of the cross Christ died on, a locket of hair from a saint or something extremely precious could be inside the precious, locket-like necklace.

In 1990, I made friends with the maintenance man from the Oaxacan cathedral who offered me a personal VIP tour from the basement to the winding steps of the tallest tower. He showed me a relicario that had a shriveled up finger of a Mexican saint inside. The side altars in big old churches in Mexico have all kinds of unique, gorgeous as well as humble relicarios. Some were sent from European churches, while others have been made of the finest materials and artistry the Church can attain - sterling silver from Guanajuato, carved shell from the Coast, carved coconut inlaid with mother of pearl shell or silver filigree.

Some relicarios find their way to Mexican antique shops, but these are usually from home altars or chapels. What makes a relicario different from a milagro is that there is a hidden place to put a little precious something inside. Usually they are larger than a locket for a photo, and can be as large as a pizza box if it's adorning a major saint in the front of a church.

Six Heart Reliquarios

We have found a workshop that is making nice reproductions of French relicarios of the mid to late 1800's. They are not Tiffany's fine jeweled style, but rather, more crude and artisanal; but they do authentically reproduce cut crystals, hammered initials, repoussé stretched & hammered pot metal as well as rough hand made hinges. If you are wanting a fine, high class, jewelry-like relicario, you wouldn't be pleased with these. But if you like the more humble, heart-felt relicarios to put special mementos in, these are fabulously perfect! I've had friends put love notes, lockets of hair of a baby or a love, fortune cookie fortunes, poems, prayers, ashes… any kind of precious thing that shouldn't be rattling around in your under ware drawer. These make lovely, thoughtful, keepsake gifts for someone special.

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NEW Shell Relicario (large)

(left) Jeweled Flaming Heart reliquario with shell and over 130 inlaid crystals. Opens from the back. 7.5” high x 4” wide x .75” deep. Ring hanger.
A3989 $90 each

NEW Shell Relicario (medium)

(right) Jeweled Flaming Heart Reliquario with shell and over 100 inlaid rhinestones. Opens from the back. 5”h x 3”w x .75” d Ring hanger.
A3990 $72 each

We help over 500 brides & bridal consultants a year with folk art, cake toppers, hand cut papel picado banners, milagros, wedding favors and chocolate molds. Check out our Wedding Photo Gallery and Day of the Dead Themed Weddings.

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